Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is BELOVED MOUNTS
A combination of suggestions from several people, as it seems many want to talk about the various animals that people in fantasyland ride. So be they horse, bear, or other let’s talk about favorite rides.
In hindsight I should have come up with a better title, an intense giggling fit followed when my wife asked me what this week’s topic was. Oh well.
Binky –Discworld – Death has a horse, imagine it. I know if you have not read Discworld you are dead to me then you are imagining a very specific look. You are thinking of a fire breathing, skeletal night mare; perhaps one that eats human flesh. And Death gave that a try. He ended up with piles of bones or straw bedding catching fire at inopportune times.
So now he uses a big white horse who likes carrots and his forehead scratched. Good with children (one of Susan’s fondest memories of her grandfather in fact). Binky is a horse, nothing more. Well, maybe with an innate since of where to be in time at any given moment, but otherwise just a beautiful horse.
Ramoth –Pern – I picked my favorite dragon from the series; you can’t go wrong with a giant golden queen can you? Especially seeing as the entire series takes off when Lessa and Ramoth learn that dragons can travel through time and space when they go between.
Not to mention Ramoth and Lessa are absolutely not content to let thread rain down death while the boys flame it away. Changing the course of history, one act at a time. That is the game Ramoth plays.
And it goes without saying that this is one beloved ride; dragonriders without a dragon are known to just end it all. Spoiler: not something you have to worry about in this series seeing as GRRM didn’t write it.
Temeraire –Her Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Have you read my review of this book? I can’t say it any better than this. (And it was one of my most popular early reviews, so you know, the chance to relink it can’t be missed).
Buckbeak –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by the third best-selling author in British history (edging out one Terry Pratchett by one slot)- How beloved is Buckbeak? Hermione is given the power to change time, going back to whatever spot she needs to at any time she wants. Dumbledore is well aware of this and when the time comes to change things around a bit he doesn’t have her go back and stop a major character from dying, or you know, kill Voldermort as an infant.
No no, instead he has her go back and save a fucking hippogryph from the axeman. So yes, I would say this is one loved screwed up flying horse thing.
Yoshi – Yall I own a Yoshi shirt. It is purple. Scream down the street purple with a neon green Yoshi on it. I wear it almost every weekend. When I play Mariokart I will take my game home and quit if someone else takes the little green guy. Yoshi is the best, and I defy anyone to find a mount they would rather have when attacked by evil turtles and strange mushroom creatures.
Couldn’t come up with one could you? Told ya so.
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